Today’s word is convalesce. (See last week’s definition of sanatorium.)
Convalesce means “to become healthy and strong again after illness or weakness.”
In a sentence, I suppose the appropriate way to use the word would be to say, “After a bout with the flu, I am convalescing.” I don’t even know if that’s the appropriate conjugation OR spelling for the verb. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Today’s word is sanatorium:
1 : an establishment that provides therapy combined with a regimen (as of diet and exercise) for treatment or rehabilitation
2a : an institution for rest and recuperation (as of convalescents)
2b : an establishment for the treatment of the chronically ill
Sanatorium is a noun, but I can’t figure out a way to use it without referring to definition 2b. I guess rehabs are also considered sanatoriums?
Today’s word is caprice:
1 a : a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action
1 b : a sudden usually unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes
2 : a disposition to do things impulsively
I have to admit that this word hits home a little bit because I suffer from bipolar disorder. As a result of the illness, I tend to be a bit capricious. I have often been accused (rightly) of being impulsive. I’m working on it, though.
I know, not exactly the word caprice, but it’s a variant form! It counts.
My boss has used the word obstreperous several times when referring to one of my employees. Without even knowing what the word actually meant, I could tell (based on my employee’s characteristic) that it meant seriously stubborn.
Merriam-Webster provides 2 definitions for obstreperous:
1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness
2 : stubbornly resistant to control
I’m pretty sure my boss used the second definition of the word for my employee. And the definition is just as I expected. People who are unwilling to yield to authority and relinquish control can be obstreperous.
Definition of insalubrious: not conducive to health. (Unhealthy, maybe?) Merriam-Webster also suggests unwholesome as a closely related word.
Eating fatty pork and chicken skin is insalubrious dining.
Definition of opprobrium:
1 : something that brings disgrace
2 a : public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious
2 b : contempt, reproach
I can only imagine the opprobrium I would have received from my parents if I hadn’t done well in school.
Or, perhaps, many a man has received widespread opprobrium in the #metoo movement.
Definition of iconoclast:
1 : a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions
2 : a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration
In all honesty, I am still trying to wrap my head around this word to use it in a sentence. Would a Flat-Earther be an iconoclast of proven science?